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quorum call: mr. lieberman: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. lieberman: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lieberman: i thank the chair. mr. president, i have come to the floor to express my own sense of encouragement about the statements made this afternoon by president obama and senator mcconnell, which indicate that the negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff are making progress. and we're not there yet, but they're making progress. and i'm really encouraged by that. i've heard over the last couple of days a familiar phrase invoked many times, and it is that "no deal is better than a bad deal." and i suppose it's often true that no deal is better than a bad deal, but in the case of the fiscal cliff, no deal is the worst deal because the government will go over the fiscal cliff and will take almost every american with us. almost every family that pays taxes now will pay higher taxes. people's jobs will immediately be p
at a local gun show in the wake of a connecticut school shooting. >> and another person shoved in front of a subway train in new york city and killed. we're learning the latest about the victim. e victim. . >> the deeper you got out, the more ice cracks and can you get to them. >> and a daring rescue after a dog falls into icy waters. gary. >> and. >> and. . >> thirty's now, getting cold overnight tonight.  hey, look! a shooting star! make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. . >>> a stolen car, a police chase and then a crash. the d.c. police say that officers from prince georges county were chasing a stolen car that crossed into the district. the driver hit one car and s
, but the nra finally responded to the massacre in newtown, connecticut. they promised a, quote, meaningful contribution to stop similar attacks. protesters interrupted the statement twice. what's the plan for the nra? armed guards in schools. why? listen. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> now, i want to show you some of the reactions to the nra's message. michael bloomberg has been critical of the president and congress for not tackling this subject earlier. so what did he say about the nra's plea? quote, a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. >>> connecticut congressman chris murphy represents newtown. and here's his tweet after that nra speech. quote, walking out of another funeral and was handed the nra transcript, the most revolting tone deaf statement i've ever seen. >>> and reaction from a gun shop in douglasville, georgia. >> i think
? gregg: new information about the man behind the horrific newtown, connecticut massacre. what scientists may learn about the gunman and why he carried out such a monstrous act. heather: new concern of president obama's new choice for secretary of state. why republican senators are refusing to approve senator kerry. gregg: ambassador john bolton will be us to yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. when i'm out with my kids, my daughter'like, "mom, wait up!" and i'm thinking, "shouldn't you have more energy than me? you're, like, eight!" [ male announcer ] for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. simple. effective. advantage: mom. let's fight fat with alli. have a healthier holiday at letsfightholidayfat.com. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you realldon't want to pay more than you have to. o
states known for gun control laws such as connecticut, california and hawaii have fewer killings per capita. state gun right supporters had argued that the school shooting in connecticut demonstrated that gun laws don't work. >>> police in washington dc are investigating a tv news host for showing an illegal gun clip on the air. david gregory held up what looked like a 30 round gun magazine on nbc's meet the press on sunday. it happened during an interview. the investigation started after groups pointed out washington dc bans possession of such magazines. >>> funerals have been scheduled sun and monday for the two firefighters who were shot and killed responding to a fire in new york on christmas e version. there are new details on the shooting. a body believed to be that of the sooter's sister was found in the burned house. he set the home on fire to lure firefighters. he killed two and injured two others. he also left a note that -- police chief read about his plans. >> i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, kil
strong snowfall through central connecticut and rhode island. new england, you know winters can be long. winter is not officially -- is officially here, we are looking at a slamming start to the season. across the southeast, temperatures are also very cold. we have not warmed up in atlanta. we're at 31 degrees. the moisture coming into the south will come in at a time where temperatures are likely to be milder. we are not looking at snow accumulation in the south if that were to happen, it would be a shutdown around here. >> 31 degrees in atlanta? unbelievable. thank you very much. >>> reading, writing, marksmanship. coming up, we'll look inside classrooms where teachers are learning how to handle guns. >>> and dr. mcdreamy to the rescue? >> who? >> not in the o.r. tv dr. patrick democracy steps in to try to save hundreds of people their jobs. you will be surprised at how he's trying to do this. . because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it
rhode island, eastern massachusetts and also portions of eastern connecticut snow possible new england region we could be looking up to a foot of snow out there. by sunday gone. it will be windy behind it and much colder. >> dave: that's the exactly what i need for my 4 a.m. commute tomorrow morning. thank you very much molina, bearer of bad news. >> juliet: hotel room time. let's get to some headlines. cops releasing video of the woman pushing a man in front of a subway train. she was talking to herself. cops have released this footage running away from the subway station. three cops were shot. prison worker eddie jones iii being processed on domestic violence and stalking charges. that's when he tackled officer, took her gun and began hiring. the officer who raced to her being hailed as heros. >> there are actions of protecting the community quickly escalated from responding to a call for service to performances of heroic actions by members of this police department. >> officers ruth burns and kevin stein both out of the hospital. officer james garber is also expected to be okay. the
there in connecticut. if we do not stand together, we ought to throw it out the window and protect american citizens. if we cannot do that, we have failed as an american people. host: what kind of gun do you own? caller: i have a shotgun, a rifle, and a pistol. i used to keep them in the house. i don't have them in the house no more. to me, you know, and i love hunting, but assault weapons -- it just has no business. host: have you ever been a member of the nra? caller: no, never been a member of the nra. host: from our facebook page, jess says -- jeff says -- nicholas, what kind of gun do you have? caller: i have two fire armas, an ak-47, and an ar-15 bought as recently as yesterday. host: why did you buy one yesterday? caller: i have wanted one for some time but just didn't. in anticipation of a ban, i made the decision to go out and purchase one. that being said, i want to say i am in favor of huge increases in gun-control law. i think one of the things that is most disturbing to me is to hear fear mongering on both sides of the conversation whether it is coming from anti- gun or pro-gun individu
of the horrific shooting in newtown, connecticut, on friday, it was impossible for me not to react not just as a senator, but as a parent, as a father. and as my wife and i spent the weekend reflecting on the heartbreaks loss of 20 innocent children and 6 of their teachers and faculty, as we talked to our own three young children about what had happened, we thought about the grief, the anguish. a whole range of different parents deeply touched by this tragic incident. the first, of course, are the parents who lost their precious, innocent children. their six- and seven-year olds in the massacre at sandy hook elementary school last friday. parents like joel and joann baker who lost their precocious outgoing red-haired daughter charlotte just six years old. joann recently bought charlotte a holiday dress in her favorite color -- pink -- and a pair of white boots. charlotte begged and begged to wear her new outfit early and on friday, december 14, the last day of charlotte's young life, her mother joann agreed. or parents like steve and rebecca kowalski, who lost their son chase. two days befo
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of massachusetts, connecticut and the state of rhode island could look at over six inches of snow with areas possibly seeing a foot of snow. so again the chance of seeing more snow from this next storm system is increasing here. it is pulling in a lot of moisture from the gulf of mexico. that is one of the reasons why we think we could see a little more than originally anticipated. right now it is producing snow across areas in chicago, northern parts of the state of indiana that into michigan. on the southern end of the storm system we have showers and thunderstorms in louisiana, mississippi and tennessee. eventually both of these areas will be coming together and moving towards the northeast. i do quickly want to point out between these areas we're actually seeing freezing rain falling early this morning across places in arkansas and northern texas. please drive carefully out there. that is outside the city of memphis as well. western portions of state of tennessee dealing with possible icing on the roadways. otherwise a number of winter weather advisories issued for the state of new jerse
tragedy at newtown, connecticut and the picture, the first grade picture has been released and just drives home the incredible loss and tragedy. this was one classroom and now the name, vicky soto's class, the 27-year-old teacher who had the zest for life who was killed. and many cite her as a hero and half of the class was saved and the story goes, we don't know, this is reported by six and seven year olds and the story was vague, she apparently hid them all in a closet and when she was killed, when she confronted the gunman and told them that she had sent them to the auditorium, she was killed and when some of the kids heard the gunshots, they ran out and they were killed. >> clayton: and olivia engel, apparently this photo was released by olivia's mother and appeared in the new york post this morning and as we continue to talk about what unfolded that day and of course, you look at the horrible images and many people were reminded what happened and unfolded in columbine, of course. then on friday, this was exacerbated this discussion about gun control and whether or not there should be
, get ready for more now is. new york will probably get a couple inches while connecticut and parts of massachusetts could see more snow by tonight. our bonnie schneider was monitoring the weather for us. how much snow is the northeast expecting and where is it heading? >> well, right now, martin, it's just begun to snow in new york city. want to show you what it looks like. i'm smiling because i grew up in new york and i love when it snows there. we are looking at snow across columbus circle, knox. that's one of the places we'll see less snow. we'll see more further west and north of the city. the reason we're getting the snow, the cold air is coming in, the storm is moving in and as they mix together we'll see more of the wrap-around effect from the storm system. washington, d.c., has been changing over from snow to rain at times, big fluffy flakes in washington, d.c., and baltimore around 10:00 or 11:00 this morning. but look at the rain/snow line, kind of stretches across central new jersey. we're also going to see this storm grow and intensify tonight. this is going to be a big
to the connecticut school massacre. >>> if you live in los angeles and own a gun, today is the day to exchange it for a gift card. the buyback is being conducted by the l.a. police department, usually held in may. but this year, it's being held ahead of schedule in response to the massacre at the elementary school in connecticut. los angeles mayor toantonio villaraigosa told us that many people want things to change. >> i'm supporting senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. we have one in california. for those of us who got to watch the nra commercial last week, the notion that more guns in the hands of good people will prevent gun crimes just isn't borne out by the facts. >> $100 gift cards are being offered for handguns, rifles and shotguns. up to $200 in gift cards for assault weapons. paul vercammen is live in los angeles. our latest poll shows that 37% of americans want major restrictions on guns. does this mean today's buyback may see more than the usual response after the recent school shooting? >> reporter: we'll have to see about that. certainly the city of los angeles is hoping so.
york city, for instance. >> dave: new jersey, connecticut. >> clayton: you're not living the dream. >> juliet: it's sort of subjective. well, actually not subjective you can look exactly at what people live here for 250 or people in san francisco, another expensive city, it doesn't go that long, didn't go that far. >> dave: the bottom line, it appears they've moved the goal post and it may be around the $400,000 mark and that may be the new 250 if you will. may be where ne get the deal done. and upwards towards the 500 mark, but here are two congressmen on perhaps moving this up. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be about right, that represents about the top 1% of the income earners, the people who got 93% of the income growth our last year and that seems to be enough, but i think there's some flexibility there. >> it's about making sure that we can live within our means and address the real problem and that's spending. i kind of feel like i'm a lifeguard and we've got to save as many people from drowning in higher taxes as we can. >> clayton: that seems to be the new threshold
and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered compared to past years of double-digit growth this year online holiday sales rose only about 8% compared to nearly 16% last year. lack of consumer confidence means this shopping season could be the weakest since the recession in 2008 when sales actually shrank. >> consumers need to have more confidence. right now it's more of an uncertain way for the first half of 2013 so i think everyone has thought going into the y
into montgomery county, here's your look at connecticut avenue, light volume, lighter than you would expect for a rush hour on a friday. over to 66, headed in from centreville, no problems to and through the beltway, through falls church and arlington and to the roosevelt bridge. woodrow wilson bridge looking good. less wind than yesterday. no advisories and not much to worry about heading over all the potomac. that's a look at your fox 5 on- time traffic. >>> some sad news this morning, norman schwartzkopf has died. >> he died from complications of pneumonia. he was best known for leading international forces in iraq against saddam hussein's invasion of kuwait in 1991. he lived a quiet retirement life in tampa and kept mum on the u.s.'s decision to go to war a second time. the white house issued a statement calling him "an american original who stood tall for the country and army he loved." former president george h.w. bush issued a statement and called him a decent man and a dear friend. general schwartzkopf was 78 years old. >>> speaking of former president bush, an aide said he will lik
, connecticut, where she attended school and she thrived there becoming a member of the national honor society. she's on the executive board of the student council. she's president of the interact club. she was born in colombia, but her roots are in america. and she has dreams and goals for the future, like any young woman her age. and she is proud of her connection, her roots in this country. she wants to go to college. but for so long has feared that she would not be able to go. and very briefly, she is eligible to apply for the deferred action program announced by the administration, but that program would simply give her a reprieve without the security and certainty that she needs to advance and continue her schooling. that is the path to citizenship that our dreamers need and deserve. so that they can go to school, serve in our military, give back to this country, earn their citizenship through deeds. not just words, but deeds that make us all proud and contribute to the quality of life in our nation. that's what they want to do, is to earn citizenship that so many of us take for granted
to string of deadly shootings we've been covering like that one and newtown, connecticut, and aurora, colorado. a new york newspaper is facing a fierce backlash. look at this. this interactive map on the website. if you click on dots it gives you names and addresses of registered pistol permit holders. those who have guns legally, we should point out. david lee miller has the story from our new york city newsroom. hi, david lee. >> reporter: hi, jamie. all readers have to do is click on a colored dot on the interactive map published by "the journal news" and people can see names and addresses of people who have permit for the gun. the gun owner next store, what you don't know about weapons in your neighborhood. in a follow-up article the paper says, thousands of people reacted in rage. callers complained their privacy was being violated and personal safety was put at risk. the newspaper says it legally obtained the information after making freedom of information request in rock lan and westchester, two counties just outside of new york city. the paper is waiting for nearby putnam cou
of hearts after the connecticut school shooting. >> when i heard about sandy hook, i just felt really bad for all the kids who had died. >> i wasn't surprised that he wanted to do something, i was just surprised that he followed through with it, and it made me really proud. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look w
, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts here. >>> throughout newtown, connecticut, teddy bears, the candles, pictures of christmas trees, they were displayed everywhere in remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the shooting massacre at sandy hook elementary. the community united during the holiday to support the families of the victims who are grieving. 20 children, 7 adults killed on december 14th. the memorials remembering them are here to stay, we have learned. an official announced a special plan by the city to convert the memorial, here is part of what this city official told residents. the thousands of flowers, letters and prayers, the signs and photos, teddy bears and more will be gathered and processed into soil that will serve in the foundation of a future permanent memorial to honor the slain children and adults. officials say it will be a sacred memorial. the items will be collected and converted starting this week. >>> now, new information on that tragic shooting in upstate new york on christmas eve. two firefighters were shot and killed. two others were
we covered the biggest stories of the year. obviously, the tragic school shooting in connecticut is fresh on everybody's minds. what were your biggest stories of the year? >> it feels so obvious, but i think the presidential election has to be on the list. something that we all followed very, very closely. so much happened. the debates were obviously interesting, covering the convention. it happens once every four years. incredibly consequential. i think it says a lot about what presidential elections will look like. we learned a lot about the changing demographics of this country. >> exactly. looking forward to the inauguration coming up in the new year. i think for all of us, i think around here certainly we've covered superstorm sandy. this was such a tragic event. i mean, a storm like this has not been seen here in this -- for centuries. i think that, you know, obviously the devastating effects that it continues to have on so many areas from the rockaways to new york to connecticut and long island. i was up in the helicopter. seeing that devastation first hand, when you see t
is continuing a moment with retiring senator joe lieberman of connecticut and republican john kyl of arizona. the talk about the iranian nuclear program televised discussion of elections in muslim countries and changes in their spring countries. and several members of congress talk about their perceptions of negotiations over what is called the fiscal cliff. also, don't forget to explore the history and literary culture of new york capital city of albany this weekend. book tv is on c-span2 and american history to be on c-span three. >> coming up at 7:00 c-span will be lot of discussion unskilled immigrants. virginia senator mark warner is sponsoring a bill to allow more highly skilled veterans and to the u.s. >> we have had these this the five explosions of knowledge in madison, but we have not coordinated care. all the services that we have end up having some any cracks that the cracks are as harmful as the diseases that we are treating. we have to step back and ask, you know, are we hurting people overall? and income on a global level where we doing some times? and, of course, now we have
's that willie geist? actually, that's heilmann. you know, i'm surprised connecticut has a pretty darn liberal law. >> colorado. >> colorado, man. >> what's in "parade" this week, joe? >> in "parade" this week, winners of their first annual holiday bake-off. >> oh, good, maybe good recipes. >> in "parade" magazine. >> i want to make cookies. >> i'm sure as a marijuana -- >> now, stop p continue look how adorable that picture is. i'm going to make cookies just like that this weekend. >> chow on those and marijuana. >> stop it. >>> mike allen is here with the morning "playbook." we haven't talked a whole lot about jim demint leaving. i had a call with him yesterday, and he said and he believed, and i certainly understand it, he's leaving because he'll have more money running the heritage foundation than being 1 of 100 senators. and i must say -- >> running think tanks is a good thing to do. >> running think tanks, not bad. i must say, there have been several times over the past several years that people have approached me and asked me to run for senate. and every time i ask people in the senate
children are being bombarded about the stories of war on christmas. guy up in connecticut the governor who was not going to light the christmas tree and going to call it a holiday tree. mean while 85, 90% of country believes in one form of christianity? >> the irony is in deer born, michigan the state spent $25,000 to build foot baths for muslims at the university of michigan at deer born. now, imagine what would have happened if somebody had spent taxpayer money to build a nativity scene on the campus? you would have gone crazy. it's not just that there is an anti-christian bias in the country, which i think, you know, generally there is, i think the fact that there is a double standard that's even more troubling. >> who is coming up on your show tonight? >> gabby douglas, olympic gold medalist, we also have richard marks, the singer who will be doing a christmas song for us. and then we also have greg gutfeld because we are willing to reach out there and go deep. >> holiday spirit. randy forbes, children's miracle network from virginia will also be with us. >> gutfeld's book by the way "
and also some areas across eastern connecticut, parts of rhode island, and eastern massachusetts could be picking up significant snowfall, over six inches possible. pennsylvania, three inches. we could be seeing some here in new york city. >> juliet: all right. we'll get a little snow for the new year. >> eric: tough storm, but these ski areas, ski-related businesses have had two real tough years out of the last three. >> juliet: that's true. >> eric: a lot of people employed in those jobs. >> kelly: it cause a lot of tie-ups for people who want to get home. good silver lining. >> juliet: i got friends coming in from florida today. they're like please, let it snow. all right. now let's get to some headlines. new photos show north korea has repaired flooding damage at its nuclear test facility. it could launch its next missile test in as little as two weeks. that's the analysis of johns hopkins. the report says there is still water streaming out of a tunnel. that could pose problems. >>> if a deal isn't reached by midnight on sunday between labor union shipping at ports from boston to h
, connecticut. attorney general in arizona, tom horn, offering a proposal that would allow a school principal or another staff member to be trained to use a firearm. his plan would require a change in state law. currently allows only police officers to carry firearms on school grounds. >> we would provide the training in marksmanship, in judgment. there would be simulations, to be sure they're well-trained to handle an emergency. and then they would be able to have a gun at school, locked up in a very secure place. >> i don't want anymore firearms in the school whether it is locked in a safe or trained person to me, in my personal opinion would be safer because they can't be everywhere. >> a normal person not used to the stress of say, a armed gunman may not be able to respond the same way. gregg: if the attorney general's proposal is approved by state lawmakers, participation would be entire tirely optional. patti ann: yet another fiscal cliff concern. the price of milk, if congress doesn't take action before new year's day the price could more than double. dominic di-natale is live in los a
inadvertently been spied on. >>> giants honoring 400 fans from newtown, connecticut before their game versus the eagles touching moment. the group included 200 students from the school district and victims' families. they formed a gauntlet to welcome players from both teams and held hands during the national anthem. >> dave: those newtown folks got to see eli manning throw five touchdowns. they rolled, but don't go to the playoffs. >> clayton: thanks for rubbing it in. >> juliet: here at fox news, we are lucky enough to be just a block away from one of the nation's biggest new year's eve celebrations taking place tonight at times square. >> clayton: our next guest says there is a whole lot of interesting stuff going on outside of the big apple. fox news' radio todd starnes -- we got to get rid of an s. he's here action there is a lot of weird traditions around the country, right. >> dave: your favorite is what? the pickle drop. >> clayton: there is a pickle drop and also a possum drop which i'll tell you about. >> we do have very creative people all around the country and check out some of t
mean connecticut, of course. [laughter] thank you so much. i will thank you more formally in a few minutes. this is really a wonderful time to pick your brains and talk with you. let me start with you, senator lieberman. when you came to congress, the united states was engaged in a cold war against totalitarian regimes, movement, and ideologies. as you leave the senate, the united states is engaged in an asymmetrical war against egalitarian -- egalitarian regimes. have we made any progress? >> we have made progress. i was about to quote lenin, sometimes it is to step foot forward, one step back. it strikes me that obviously there was enormous progress when the berlin wall went down. sadly, in russia itself, we have not really seen that returned. not quite as bad as the old stalinist days, but bad. i said to one of my colleagues that there are days it will be shot, and recent times when i left the senate wondering if i had ever done anything that would matter during that day. i think we have done something significant. this is history, the victory over communism in the soviet union
, the gentleman from connecticut, longstanding authority on the subject of election reform in terms of the role of money in campaigns -- honoring the vows of our founders for a government of the many, not the government of the money and a person who has commanded the respect of our colleagues, has worked with aggressive organizations, brings real authority to the stuff, congressman john larson, chair of our taskforce. >> thank you, madam leader, and i thank you for the opportunity to serve our caucus in an area that is critical to all americans. we are just through major presidential and congressional elections. it is clear from listening to our colleagues and from listening to the people out there in this country that it is long overdue that we refer to as d.a.r.e., which, disclose, amend, reform, enforce, empower, and have reform for election in a way that will make sure that every american has access to the polls and that anyone who seeks to run for public office has the ability and financing to do so and that we can limit the amount of money that has so overshadowed our process. to those en
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